Tag: Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd: Has Lachlan Murdoch bitten off too much with Crikey?

Crikey’s article did not name Lachlan specifically, but “the Murdochs” in general. So if Rupert agrees with Lachlan about this article, shouldn’t he also be suing? And if he doesn’t, might we conclude that Rupert doesn’t mind the imputation of being Trump’s co-conspirator? Or, at the very least, that Rupert doesn’t consider Crikey’s article damaging enough to sue over? And if that’s not it, then why hasn’t Rupert sued?

Kevin Rudd: Has Lachlan Murdoch bitten off too much with Crikey?

What next for Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch royal commission push?

It has been almost two years since Kevin Rudd uploaded a video to his social media channels calling Rupert Murdoch an “arrogant cancer on our democracy” and invited Australians to sign his petition for a royal commission into media dive

rsity.It gathered half a million signatures, including that of former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and triggered a year-long Senate committee inquiry that concentrated its focus on the influence of Murdoch’s News Corp empire.

What next for Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch royal commission push?

Response to Scott Morrison’s Attack on ‘Rudd Economics’ — Kevin Rudd

Response to Scott Morrison’s Attack on ‘Rudd Economics’ — Kevin Rudd

The Myth of Morrison’s Economic Mangement

The truth is: Mr Morrison would be lucky to have an economic record anything like my government. If Mr Morrison wants to campaign on his record of higher taxes, higher spending, falling wages, higher debt and record waste, then I say ‘come in spinner’.

Source: Response to Scott Morrison’s Attack on ‘Rudd Economics’ — Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd: Voter-ID laws are an assault on our democracy

Kevin Rudd

While there is no voter fraud in Australia it seems Morrison and the LNP are for Voter Suppression and hope that non-compulsory voting can be introduced to change our Democratic system sufficiently, and alter the playing field in their favor. They have been working on ridding Australia of the ABC and all the fail-safe mechanisms that we are most admired for among the world’s  Democracies when it comes to voting.. The LNP is a coalition of minority parties Nationals and Liberals with Labor actually getting the majority votes. If the Liberals could suppress votes and rid the country of the publicly owned broadcaster  they believe they could improve their voting status and gain seats in their own right. The Republicans in the US are doing it and so our unimaginative Liberals have  fallen into line not just diminishing but ridding us of our Democractic systems,why? Because with the backing of money, media, and voter suppression they believe they’d never lose and could form an Autocracy. Democracy only exists if parties accept their loss and governments act for those all citizens even those that voted against them.

Scott Morrison’s plan to introduce US-style “voter ID” laws for Australian elections represents a stealth assault on compulsory voting that will radicalize our politics and stop ordinary working families from exercising their sacred right to vote.

Source: Kevin Rudd: Voter-ID laws are an assault on our democracy

Sky News Australia to face Senate inquiry after week-long YouTube suspension | Kevin Rudd | The Guardian

News Corp Australia journalist Sharri Markson on Fox News attacking YouTube’s suspension of Sky News Australia. Sky News Australia is to face a Senate inquiry as Kevin Rudd calls for media watchdog to take tougher line on broadcaster.

Tucker Carlson and Sharri Markson on Fox News Sharri Markson says YouTube suspension of Sky News Australia is ‘cancellation of free speech’  Markson and Carlson are both paid Murdochians. Well paid, millionaires in fact but nevertheless still simply workers working for the billionaire and claiming they’re “fair and balanced” (ODT)

Rudd told Acma that claims broadcast on Sky included: “Covid-19 is not a pandemic; the vaccinated are more likely to die than the unvaccinated; hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin are proven, safe treatments for Covid-19; the medical profession are concealing these treatments from the public for political purposes and face masks do not inhibit the spread of Covid-19.” “While it is unrealistic to believe that we can ever stamp out misinformation, especially in the age of social media, it is especially alarming that so much of this content has been crafted and distributed by the country’s largest media company, News Corporation, principally through Murdoch’s Sky News,” Rudd wrote.“Freedom of expression is essential to the functioning of our democracy, but Australians expect that opinions will have a reasonable basis in fact.” The Guardian has approached Sky News Australia for comment. Hanson-Young said she wanted to ask the media watchdog why the spread of misinformation wasn’t allowed on the internet but appeared to be OK on TV. “G

Source: Sky News Australia to face Senate inquiry after week-long YouTube suspension | Kevin Rudd | The Guardian

Kevin Rudd, Harold Holt, And 4 Other Former Prime Ministers That Are Doing More Than Scott Morrison Right Now | The Shovel

We learnt this week that, in the absence of a full time Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd has been hitting the phones with Pfizer, to try to sort out Australia’s vaccine debacle. But it turns out Kevin isn’t the only former Prime Minister doing more work than Scott Morrison right now. With the vaccine rollout in disarray and a Prime Minister that seems to vanish faster than an AFP hacking investigation into Greg Hunt’s porn tweets, almost every former PM with a pulse (and a few without one) are doing more than Scomo.

Source: Kevin Rudd, Harold Holt, And 4 Other Former Prime Ministers That Are Doing More Than Scott Morrison Right Now | The Shovel

News Corp the most powerful Australian political actor: Malcolm Turnbull

Commitee chair Senator Sarah Hanson-Young holds up a front page of the Daily Telegraph as she puts a question to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he appears via videoconference during a hearing on media diversity in Australia at Parliament House in Canberra.Former prime minister Kevin Rudd gave evidence at Senate hearing on media diversity in Australia on Friday.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp poses a real threat to Australian democracy, claiming it has surpassed the Coalition or Labor as the most powerful political force in the country.

Source: News Corp the most powerful Australian political actor: Malcolm Turnbull

‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance | Media | The Guardian

older man with white hair and beard; much much older man with bald head and glasses

The former Australian PM admits he once courted the mogul’s mastheads but now says democracy is at stake

‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance | Media | The Guardian

Kevin Rudd petition calls for royal commission into News Corp domination of Australian media | Media | The Guardian

Kevin Rudd

Petition set up by the former PM caused problems for the Parliament House website after more than 38,000 people signed in 24 hours

Kevin Rudd petition calls for royal commission into News Corp domination of Australian media | Media | The Guardian

Under the cover of Covid, Morrison wants to scrap my government’s protections against predatory lending | Banking | The Guardian

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg

The PM wants to repeal laws my government introduced to protect Australians – and the banks are popping champagne corks

Under the cover of Covid, Morrison wants to scrap my government’s protections against predatory lending | Banking | The Guardian

‘Instinctive monopolist’: Kevin Rudd attacks Murdoch over News Corp rival to AAP newswire | Media | The Guardian

Australian Associated Press sign

“No government should let a single company control the biggest newspapers in every capital city bar one, plus a television station, plus the national newswire,” Rudd said. “Let alone an American billionaire like Murdoch

‘Instinctive monopolist’: Kevin Rudd attacks Murdoch over News Corp rival to AAP newswire | Media | The Guardian

Democracy overboard: Rupert Murdoch’s long war on Australian politics | Kevin Rudd | Opinion | The Guardian

Rupert Murdoch in New York

Australia has become a dangerously complacent country, dancing to the reactionary tune of the Murdoch press (Rudd)

via Democracy overboard: Rupert Murdoch’s long war on Australian politics | Kevin Rudd | Opinion | The Guardian

The ABC, Rupert Murdoch and how to fix a media landscape in crisis

So what should be done about the rolling crises washing over what remains of the Australian media? Rupert Murdoch has been up to his neck in the elevation and removal of Australian prime ministers for the better part of a decade. The ABC has seen the conservatives politicise its board, demolish its funding and pressure its management to get rid of troublesome journalists. And now we face the prospect of the disappearance of Australia’s longest, independent print masthead (Fairfax) as it is consumed by a television company (Nine) which is chaired by Peter Costello.

If ever there was a case for a full royal commission into the abuse of media power in Australia, it is now. A free media is the lifeblood of a democracy. But media freedom in Australia is now under structural threat from a combination of extreme ideological conservatism, fuelled by rampant commercial interests.

via The ABC, Rupert Murdoch and how to fix a media landscape in crisis

EXCLUSIVE: The curious case of Kevin Rudd, Newscorp, ABC and the contract

I believe Rudd in this instance. News Corp wants to see Sky as Fox News is in the USA, So does the IPA and the Conservatives in the LNP government. Australia is fast becoming embarassment to itself allowing all our current public institutions to become politicized by the appointment of heads as in Treasury recently. Murdoch and the IPA are the voices of Corporate lobbyists. They make mistakes at times and regret the Royal Commission into Banks but are calling to socialize the energy sector.

How obvious is this. Abbott destroyed the NBN, tried to do the same to the ABC and wants to kneecap Renewables and News Corp and the IPA have been behind this American business model and Dream all the way currently ranking us the worst in the world on Climate inaction (ODT)

In October last year, he suggested the Coalition government was deliberately hamstringing the NBN at the behest of Rupert Murdoch, who he said wanted less competition for his cable television network.

Then in November, Rudd used the Saturday Paper to call for no less than a Royal Commission into what he called the News Corporation “cancer” and its impact on democracy — in spite of the fact, as writer Karen Middleton pointed out, that the company had backed his rise.

via EXCLUSIVE: The curious case of Kevin Rudd, Newscorp, ABC and the contract

Day to Day Politics: Rudd Vs Murdoch – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Author’s note: Today I have given over my daily post to a repudiation by Kevin Rudd of the Murdoch press. At the end I have included the AUSTRALIAN PRESS COUNCIL REGULATIONS. ANOTHER MURDOCH TABLOID WHOPPER With all the recent coverage of Turnbull’s telephone encounter with Trump, I missed a story run on 1 February 2017…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Rudd Vs Murdoch – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Abbott’s big gamble | The Monthly

In the past 48 hours we seem to have been flooded with people desperate to compare Tony Abbott to Kevin Rudd. This is supposed to be an insult, a way of bringing home to Abbott just how gauche his undermining of Malcolm Turnbull has become. And it’s true that Rudd hurt himself in the eyes of many Australians, especially Labor voters, with his long campaign to destabilise Julia Gillard.

Source: Abbott’s big gamble | The Monthly

The cult of the arsehole | The Monthly

I re-watched Whiplash the other day. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a terrific, morally indefensible movie about a music teacher who pushes a young jazz drummer to greatness. Its unusual central message is that abuse works. Bigoted insults, physical assault, even driving a student to suicide are all justified, if these tactics produce one Buddy Rich clone 50 years past its use-by-date.

Source: The cult of the arsehole | The Monthly